Mighty Jack – MG Graphic Novel Review

Mighty Jack
by Ben Hatke

At a Glance


Fairy tale, middle grade graphic novel

Age Range:

7-12 years old


Jack is dreading summer vacation because he has to watch his autistic little sister while his mom works two jobs. His summer gets way more interesting when he and his sister plant a magic garden in the back yard. This is a modern take on Jack and the Beanstalk.


  • I love the modern twist on an old classic
  • the artwork is engaging and excellent
  • I love the variety of magic plants
  • this is just an overall knock-it-out-of-the-park book


  • That I had to wait to read the 2nd book!
  • Can’t think of anything bad about this title

Would I recommend this title:

Absolutely 100%

Full Review

Man, what isn’t to like about this one? After I read this, I handed it to my 7 year old and told her she had to read it. She finished it in one sitting and asked to read the 2nd one in the series. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I really enjoyed the modern take on the story. It is definitely Jack and the Beanstalk while simultaneously being it’s completely own thing. The artwork is beautiful and clear–it was easy to follow along with the story. I appreciate graphic novels that are not super text heavy and allow the illustrations to shine, and this one does a great job of that. Fantastic work all around.

4 thoughts on “Mighty Jack – MG Graphic Novel Review

  1. I'm a big fan of Ben's work and you are right, there is everything to like about this book. And the same goes for the second one, Mighty Jack and the Goblin King, except double! Read it ASAP. You won't be disappointed!


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